The Santos was a prominent individual, it soon became a trend that needed to be followed. Hence, the production of the first collection in 1911. The Santos Cartier definitely influenced the moving away from pocket watches. The design of the watch was a square case, roman numerals, a leather strap and other features. As the World War II wound in, round case watches were more in vogue, and this, in turn, started a new trend.
Cartier is one of the oldest wristwatches in the history of man. Its creation is attributed to two friends, Alberto Santos- Dumont, who was a pilot, and Louis Cartier. It happened that Alberto, while doing field tests, had difficulties in using his pocket watches. This is because it was quite dangerous, so he needed something that was quite easy to access. It was this need that Cartier created a watch with a distinctive bezel. He joined a leather strap to the case so it could fit the wrist. This was the birth of wristwatches.
Some decades later, Cartier again stuns the populace with the Santos De Cartier. The essence of this model stays with the initial one, but it differs in the basic upgrade of its features to fit the need of modern trends. It was a yellow gold design had a yellow gold plate bezel that was fit in by little yellow gold screws. It also had a new bracelet which was touched here and there with those screws that connected each part of the metal bracelet. The major upgrade in the bracelet and bezel has remained with subsequent designs till date.
Cartier is well known for its beautifully shaped cases. And the Santos De Cartier 100 reflects it well. This model does easily strike one as a gigantic watch, but it Is only 41.3mm by 51.1mm by 10.34mm with the crown. This gives it the ability to balance and fit in on any wrist size and still be noticeable. Its models come in either steel with black straps or 18k yellow gold bezel with a brown alligator strap. The bezel is a quite distinctive feature of the Santos 100. On wrists, the case curves nicely, this is because of the shape of the lugs, which make it aligns beautifully with your wrists. Though the case and bezel are square, their edges have more curves than angles, and the resulting look is a square that is actually round.
Presently, the Santos Cartier comes in about 15 different models, including the stun of the seventies. The latest collection of 2018 is mind-blowing with certain contemporary yet unique features.
The bracelets for this collection comes in a thinner form, and some find it quite comfortable that way. Its bezel also reduces in size but retains the distinct feature of previous models. There is also the "quickswitch" feature which helps you change from the leather strap to the steel bracelet with just a button. The "smartlink" this feature makes every piece of metal detachable from the other such that you can adjust the bracelet to your wrist size without any tool. Also, the larger version of this collection has a date window display. This model also has the in-house automatic calibre 1847-MC movement. It also comes with a 42-hour power reserve and is equipped with 23 jewels which are tucked somewhere under the solid steel case back.
Generally, the Santos Cartier is attractive for its exquisite and unique features. It has also retained its intrinsic attractiveness and major features which have endured from trend to trend. All its models have also fallen within what would pass as affordable over the years, which makes it a preferable criterion for good looks all over the world.